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Written by Elzanne Muller


Posted on November 14 2022

Do you often get told - by colleagues, family, friends, and even your husband that you own far too many clothes.

How can they name my clothing collection as 'too big'?

What do they know about my wardrobe?

Isn’t it my closet and my problem?

For sure it is. But it starts becoming a dilemma when you realize that you have 3 drawers filled with activewear, but you don’t even go to the gym or when you have 20 dresses, but you find yourself wearing the same 3 week after week. Maybe it’s time to declutter…

“But I don’t know where to start” will be your next excuse. Let the decluttering begin!

Toss | Sell | Alter | Maybe



This is the easy part, any garment that you feel too embarrassed to give to the shelter and is not even worth a rag, through it aways as the start of this process. This includes:

  • Ripped, torn
  • Dirty or stained

The clothing that is still wearable, but you know you cannot wear to the local Supermarket without being looked at in a weird way can be donated to charity.


Put everything that you don't want to keep that's still in a good condition or of value in a box.


If an item fits and is in a good condition but you simply can’t decide if you like it or not, put it here. Then, hide the box somewhere so you won't see it every day and note if you ever miss any of the items. "If you completely forget about them it's a sure sign that you can let them go for good. 


If you have clothes that you really like, that don't fit any more or items with buttons missing or hems that need altering, pop them in this box. But be honest with yourself about taking them to be fixed and make sure the cost of alteration is worth it! 

But do you still think that this is going to be too hot to handle?

Then let's following these final steps:

  1. Does it fit?
  2. Have you worn it in the last year?
  3. Does it have any special meaning?
  4. Does it make you feel good?
  5. Can you pair it with anything else in your wardrobe?
  6. Is it uncomfortable or does it scratch in places you don’t need it to?

If your answer is “no” to half of these questions, then it’s time to let it go.

Everything else goes back into your wardrobe, organized by 'category' i.e., tops, knits, skirts, and then by colour.





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